Agenda

November

Minimalism/Maximalism

The Museum at FIT, New York / US
– 16.11.2019
fitnyc.edu/museum/ 

While fashion of the past was characterised by minimalism, a trend towards maximalism has recently become more and more prevalent. In the exhibition “Minimalism/Maximalism”, the Museum of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York explores the conflict between these extreme positions that runs through the entire history of fashion. The exhibition begins in the 18th century, marked by an ethos of “more is best” followed by an egalitarian, reserved style. Sober black business suits for men in contrast to ornamental styles and extreme silhouettes for women allow the line in the 19th century to follow along the gender divide. To the present day, the exhibition shows how inextricably linked minimalism and maximalism are.

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Jewelry Making: Past & Present

The Museum for Islamic Art, Jerusalem / IL
– 16.11.2019
islamicart.co.il 

The exhibition “Jewellery Making: Past & Present” at the Museum for Islamic Art is divided into three different sections, which look at jewellery making from different perspectives. The first presents examples of religious, ritual and historical artefacts from Christianity, Islam and Judaism, providing insights into cultural and ethnic identities. A second section includes objects by contemporary artists that have been inspired by motifs and designs of historical, Islamic jewellery, thereby juxtaposing tradition and change. The final part of the exhibition is dedicated to the jewellery collection of the singer Ofra Haza.

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Connecting Afro Futures. Fashion x Hair x Design

Kunstgewerbemuseum, Berlin / DE
– 01.12.2019
smb.museum 

African culture served as a source of inspiration for Western fashion designers for a long time. Now, a young generation of African fashion designers is about to break through the supremacy of the “Western fashion system”, through a decolonial self-understanding. African bodies became a central venue for colonial power structures, as a result of falling in line with discipline, regimentation and submitting to Western ideals of beauty. One of the consequences of this was that traditional African hair styles were almost forgotten. Today they are being rediscovered as an expression of shaping creative identity. The curators Claudia Banz, Cornelia Lund and Beatrace Angut Oola have brought together works by African designers and artists from Uganda, Benin and Senegal, who include the themes of fashion and hair in installations and multimedia works. A catalogue of the exhibition with essays and interviews will be published by Kerber Verlag.

more

Das ist Leder! Von A bis Z

Deutsches Ledermuseum, Offenbach/Main / DE
– 29.12.2019
ledermuseum.de 

The exhibition “Das ist Leder! Von A bis Z” presents an extensive selection of objects in the form of a leather alphabet made of different types of leather, explaining the specific requirements for the associated design. Media tables, which guide different installations, offer information on the most important properties of the materials including various types of leather such as cow and sheep leather, nubuck and suede leather as well as crocodile, ostrich or shark leather, and present possible areas of application. Visitors will also have the opportunity to touch and experience the materials themselves. In short films specially made for the exhibition in the form of short portraits fine bag-makers, designers, and producers comment on topics such as crafts, tradition, manufacturing processes, and the role of trends.

more

SBB CFF FFS

Museum of Design, Zürich / CH
– 05.01.2020
museum-gestaltung.ch 

Stations, trains and posters make the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB, CFF, FFS) a showcase for Swiss design. The Museum für Gestaltung, Zürich, is devoting an exhibition to this theme for the first time.

more

Shaping Everyday Life! Bauhaus Modernism in the GDR

Dokumentationszentrum Alltagskultur der DDR, Eisenhüttenstadt / DE
– 05.01.2020
https://www.alltagskultur-ddr.de 

In its centenary year, Bauhaus is running like a leitmotif through Germany. The Documentation Centre of Everyday Culture of the GDR illuminates the hitherto barely noticed reception of Bauhaus in East Germany, characterised by a slow alignment to the design principles of functionality, longevity and suitability for everyday use. The accusations of formalism and the recollection of supposedly national design traditions stood in opposition to this. The show is devoted to the early products of the Deutsche Werkstätten Hellerau, the influence of modern functional designs such as Wilhelm Wagenfeld’s, and approaches further developed in terms of flexibility and user focus, such as Karl Clauss Dietel’s and Lutz Rudolph’s “open principle”. Using 50 biographies, the exhibition traces the influence of former Bauhaus practitioners such as Mart Stam and Walter Funkat through their teaching activities at East German universities.

more

Strange Days – Arno Schmidt and Darmstadt 1955-1958

Technical University of Darmstadt, Darmstadt / DE
– 05.01.2020
seltsametage.de  
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Unilabor – Concrete Poetry

Opelvillen, Rüsselsheim / DE
– 12.01.2020
opelvillen.de  

Born in 1925, Eugen Gomringer, the founder of concrete poetry, was last seen in the headlines in autumn 2017. At that time, a misunderstood sense of political correctness led to his poem “avenidas” being over painted, and thereby censored in the public arena despite protests from many cultural initiatives. Gomringer and his Latin American companions have been celebrated in Rüsselsheim since the early 1950s, it amounts to a tribute on the fringe and befitting the poetry that is “designed in letters and sounds, where such media are repeatedly questioned or discovered” (Gomringer). The term “concrete” refers to the art movement of the same name with which Gomringer was and is familiar in many ways: as co-founder of the Bern avant-garde magazine Spirale, but most importantly as secretary to the first HfG Ulm principal, Max Bill. Brazilian poets who pursued similar goals to Gomringer's also visited the HfG, and from time to time there was even talk of relocating the Spirale and leaving Ulm. That was a long time ago, and Brazil, striving for both order and progress under its national flag, was at the time a place of urban utopias, artistic awakening and philosophical reflection – just think of Max Bense's book Brazilian Existence.So it is not surprising then, that there were connections between that huge country and the tiny HfG. For example, the graphic designers and artists Almir Mavignier, Mary Vieira and Alexandre Wollner studied at the HfG, and very early on, for a very short time, Geraldo de Barros, who was associated with subjective photography. In 1954, together with friends, he founded the furniture production company Unilabor. Their products have never before been showcased on a large scale in Europe – this is pioneering work by Opelvillen. Unilabor was attempting modernism in its designs, and went far beyond the fashionable, drawing its inspiration from String or Egon Eiermann. It would be wrong, however, to see Unilabor's furniture merely as an expression of a mid-century zeitgeist. With its unique organisational and working conditions, Unilabor was moving in the direction of cooperative manufacturing and social experimentation. This is also evident in the logo de Barros designed – an intermediate step from Agitprop to the graphics of the Paris May 1968.

more

111/99. Questioning the Modernist Design Vocabulary

Werkbundarchiv – Museum der Dinge, Berlin / DE
– 13.01.2020
museumderdinge.de 

At the Werkbundarchiv – Museum der Dinge in Berlin there is a sequence of four exhibitions on show, the last of which runs until the beginning of next year. These exhibitions demonstrate the connections between the Deutscher Werkbund, founded in 1907, and the Bauhaus, founded in 1919, and also the influences on modernism emanating from the institutions. The first part in the series displays commercial graphics that illustrate the development from Art Nouveau to modernism.

more

Silent Stars. Ceramics in film and advertising

Porzellanikum, Selb / DE
– 26.01.2020
porzellanikon.org 

In the “Stille Stars” exhibition, Porzellanikon Selb puts a product category under the spotlight that usually plays a minor role in our everyday lives despite its omnipresence there. This category is ceramic items that are used in commercials ranging from Dr. Oetker to Kellogg’s in order to style the advertised products. They also appear in well-known German films and television series illustrating everyday scenes. The exhibition explores the use and impact of ceramic and porcelain items in media from the 1930s to the present day to reveal their hidden messages and codes. It does not just consider the representation, but the exhibition also provides a glimpse behind the scenes when the production designer on the film “Grüner wird's nicht” discusses the choice of props using film clips.

more

Thonet & Design

Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum, Munich / DE
– 02.02.2020
dnstdm.de 

Two hundred years of furniture design are reflected in the “Thonet & Design” exhibition in the Design Museum in Munich, based on Thonet’s corporate history. The company was founded in 1819 by Michael Thonet, a master cabinet-maker, and over time has become one of the most important manufacturers of wooden furniture. In the 1920s, the company turned its attention to steel furniture, a new type of furniture at the time, which also created a link to various Bauhaus designers. In addition to bentwood and tubular steel furniture, the exhibition also shows designs by contemporary designers such as Norman Foster, Stefan Diez, Konstantin Grcic, and Sebastian Herkner. Steffen Kehrle, who created the exhibition, is also designing a chair for The Design Museum as part of this work.

more

Reflex Bauhaus

Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum, Munich / DE
– 02.02.2020
dnstdm.de 

Bauhaus in 2019 is going to be celebrated throughout the world with a large number of exhibitions and projects. The Design Museum in Munich is also taking up the theme and at the same time emphasises its own historical ties, directly after the founding of the museum in 1925. “Reflex Bauhaus. 40 Objects – 5 Conversations” not only presents a large number of original objects from the collection’s inventory, including textiles, furniture, lighting, and ceramics, but also places them in context with contemporary works. Five artists, namely the designer Ayzit Bostan, the poet Barbara Köhler, the architect Anupama Kundoo, the composer Junya Oikawa, and the artist Sofie Thorsen have been invited to develop a stance in dialogue with one of the exhibits. The aim is to “enable viewers to not only identify the historical origins of these objects, but also to reflect on them today”.

more

Photographics: Klein, Ifert, Zamecznik

Museum für Gestaltung Toni-Areal, Zurich / CH
– 09.02.2020
museum-gestaltung.ch  

The exhibition “Photographics: Klein, Ifert, Zamecznik” showcases the intensive interweaving of graphic design and abstract photography and its development in the 1950s and 1960s.

more

Mary Quant

Victoria & Albert Museum , London / GB
– 16.02.2020
vam.ac.uk 

As the creator of the mini skirt, Mary Quant has written herself into the fashion history books of the 20th century, in February 2019 the designer celebrated her 85th birthday. Now the V&A is dedicating an exhibition to her that focuses on the period between 1955 and 1975, the years in which she made her greatest impact. Quant, from her boutique Bazaar, stamped her mark on the fashion of an entire generation and the look of Swinging London with
the mini skirt worn with colourful tights, PVC raincoats and tailored trousers.The museum not only draws on its own resources, the largest public collection of Quant’s pieces, but also launched a nationwide appeal for privately owned clothing. As a result, 35 items have been accepted into the exhibition, and are shown alongside the personal stories and photos of women in their favourite clothes.

 

more

Knowledge in Pictures – Information Design Today

Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, Toni-Areal / DE
– 16.02.2020
museum-gestaltung.ch 

With Kung Fu, design and robot lizards on the cover of Nature – the Museum für Gestaltung Zurich makes a number of links in its exhibition entitled “Knowledge in Pictures”, which reveals many aspects of current information design. Sarah Kenderdine and Jeffrey Shaw use motion capturing to explore the kung fu tradition of Chinese Hakka culture and make it tangible in an interactive installation. Researchers from HU Berlin have digitised the fossils of a primeval lizard to reproduce its gait on a 3D-printed robot. The requirement in information design is to convey complex facts as clearly as possible, whether it involves the route plan for a circular railway project through the Parisian suburbs (designed as a perfect circle by Integral Ruedi Baur contrary to all geographical conditions), or visually communicating the consequences of climate change for the glaciers by means of virtual reality. Since the objectivity of such design holds an equally great potential for manipulation, it demands its own ethics. The exhibition on Kai Krause’s work “The True Size of Africa”, in which the designer adjusts the distorted representation of the differences in size of continents on the world map, addresses this point.

more

Step by Step. Schuh.Design im Wandel

Ledermuseum, Offenbach / DE
– 31.05.2020
ledermuseum.de 

As we slip them on every day, often the last thing we do when leaving the house, our shoes inevitably say something about us – whether it’s prosperity we want to communicate, or an erotic look, or coming across as inconspicuous – our shoes can say a lot about us. The exhibition “Step by Step. Schuh.Design im Wandel” at the German Leather Museum in Offenbach is showing over 15,000 objects, 150 of which are pairs of shoes from all over the world. From unusual models such as Siberian children’s shoes made of salmon leather to designer high heels by Jimmy Choo, the exhibition showcases the diversity of footwear.

more

December

Connecting Afro Futures. Fashion x Hair x Design

Kunstgewerbemuseum, Berlin / DE
– 01.12.2019
smb.museum 

African culture served as a source of inspiration for Western fashion designers for a long time. Now, a young generation of African fashion designers is about to break through the supremacy of the “Western fashion system”, through a decolonial self-understanding. African bodies became a central venue for colonial power structures, as a result of falling in line with discipline, regimentation and submitting to Western ideals of beauty. One of the consequences of this was that traditional African hair styles were almost forgotten. Today they are being rediscovered as an expression of shaping creative identity. The curators Claudia Banz, Cornelia Lund and Beatrace Angut Oola have brought together works by African designers and artists from Uganda, Benin and Senegal, who include the themes of fashion and hair in installations and multimedia works. A catalogue of the exhibition with essays and interviews will be published by Kerber Verlag.

more

Das ist Leder! Von A bis Z

Deutsches Ledermuseum, Offenbach/Main / DE
– 29.12.2019
ledermuseum.de 

The exhibition “Das ist Leder! Von A bis Z” presents an extensive selection of objects in the form of a leather alphabet made of different types of leather, explaining the specific requirements for the associated design. Media tables, which guide different installations, offer information on the most important properties of the materials including various types of leather such as cow and sheep leather, nubuck and suede leather as well as crocodile, ostrich or shark leather, and present possible areas of application. Visitors will also have the opportunity to touch and experience the materials themselves. In short films specially made for the exhibition in the form of short portraits fine bag-makers, designers, and producers comment on topics such as crafts, tradition, manufacturing processes, and the role of trends.

more

Strange Days – Arno Schmidt and Darmstadt 1955-1958

Technical University of Darmstadt, Darmstadt / DE
– 05.01.2020
seltsametage.de  
more

SBB CFF FFS

Museum of Design, Zürich / CH
– 05.01.2020
museum-gestaltung.ch 

Stations, trains and posters make the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB, CFF, FFS) a showcase for Swiss design. The Museum für Gestaltung, Zürich, is devoting an exhibition to this theme for the first time.

more

Shaping Everyday Life! Bauhaus Modernism in the GDR

Dokumentationszentrum Alltagskultur der DDR, Eisenhüttenstadt / DE
– 05.01.2020
https://www.alltagskultur-ddr.de 

In its centenary year, Bauhaus is running like a leitmotif through Germany. The Documentation Centre of Everyday Culture of the GDR illuminates the hitherto barely noticed reception of Bauhaus in East Germany, characterised by a slow alignment to the design principles of functionality, longevity and suitability for everyday use. The accusations of formalism and the recollection of supposedly national design traditions stood in opposition to this. The show is devoted to the early products of the Deutsche Werkstätten Hellerau, the influence of modern functional designs such as Wilhelm Wagenfeld’s, and approaches further developed in terms of flexibility and user focus, such as Karl Clauss Dietel’s and Lutz Rudolph’s “open principle”. Using 50 biographies, the exhibition traces the influence of former Bauhaus practitioners such as Mart Stam and Walter Funkat through their teaching activities at East German universities.

more

Unilabor – Concrete Poetry

Opelvillen, Rüsselsheim / DE
– 12.01.2020
opelvillen.de  

Born in 1925, Eugen Gomringer, the founder of concrete poetry, was last seen in the headlines in autumn 2017. At that time, a misunderstood sense of political correctness led to his poem “avenidas” being over painted, and thereby censored in the public arena despite protests from many cultural initiatives. Gomringer and his Latin American companions have been celebrated in Rüsselsheim since the early 1950s, it amounts to a tribute on the fringe and befitting the poetry that is “designed in letters and sounds, where such media are repeatedly questioned or discovered” (Gomringer). The term “concrete” refers to the art movement of the same name with which Gomringer was and is familiar in many ways: as co-founder of the Bern avant-garde magazine Spirale, but most importantly as secretary to the first HfG Ulm principal, Max Bill. Brazilian poets who pursued similar goals to Gomringer's also visited the HfG, and from time to time there was even talk of relocating the Spirale and leaving Ulm. That was a long time ago, and Brazil, striving for both order and progress under its national flag, was at the time a place of urban utopias, artistic awakening and philosophical reflection – just think of Max Bense's book Brazilian Existence.So it is not surprising then, that there were connections between that huge country and the tiny HfG. For example, the graphic designers and artists Almir Mavignier, Mary Vieira and Alexandre Wollner studied at the HfG, and very early on, for a very short time, Geraldo de Barros, who was associated with subjective photography. In 1954, together with friends, he founded the furniture production company Unilabor. Their products have never before been showcased on a large scale in Europe – this is pioneering work by Opelvillen. Unilabor was attempting modernism in its designs, and went far beyond the fashionable, drawing its inspiration from String or Egon Eiermann. It would be wrong, however, to see Unilabor's furniture merely as an expression of a mid-century zeitgeist. With its unique organisational and working conditions, Unilabor was moving in the direction of cooperative manufacturing and social experimentation. This is also evident in the logo de Barros designed – an intermediate step from Agitprop to the graphics of the Paris May 1968.

more

111/99. Questioning the Modernist Design Vocabulary

Werkbundarchiv – Museum der Dinge, Berlin / DE
– 13.01.2020
museumderdinge.de 

At the Werkbundarchiv – Museum der Dinge in Berlin there is a sequence of four exhibitions on show, the last of which runs until the beginning of next year. These exhibitions demonstrate the connections between the Deutscher Werkbund, founded in 1907, and the Bauhaus, founded in 1919, and also the influences on modernism emanating from the institutions. The first part in the series displays commercial graphics that illustrate the development from Art Nouveau to modernism.

more

Silent Stars. Ceramics in film and advertising

Porzellanikum, Selb / DE
– 26.01.2020
porzellanikon.org 

In the “Stille Stars” exhibition, Porzellanikon Selb puts a product category under the spotlight that usually plays a minor role in our everyday lives despite its omnipresence there. This category is ceramic items that are used in commercials ranging from Dr. Oetker to Kellogg’s in order to style the advertised products. They also appear in well-known German films and television series illustrating everyday scenes. The exhibition explores the use and impact of ceramic and porcelain items in media from the 1930s to the present day to reveal their hidden messages and codes. It does not just consider the representation, but the exhibition also provides a glimpse behind the scenes when the production designer on the film “Grüner wird's nicht” discusses the choice of props using film clips.

more

Thonet & Design

Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum, Munich / DE
– 02.02.2020
dnstdm.de 

Two hundred years of furniture design are reflected in the “Thonet & Design” exhibition in the Design Museum in Munich, based on Thonet’s corporate history. The company was founded in 1819 by Michael Thonet, a master cabinet-maker, and over time has become one of the most important manufacturers of wooden furniture. In the 1920s, the company turned its attention to steel furniture, a new type of furniture at the time, which also created a link to various Bauhaus designers. In addition to bentwood and tubular steel furniture, the exhibition also shows designs by contemporary designers such as Norman Foster, Stefan Diez, Konstantin Grcic, and Sebastian Herkner. Steffen Kehrle, who created the exhibition, is also designing a chair for The Design Museum as part of this work.

more

Reflex Bauhaus

Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum, Munich / DE
– 02.02.2020
dnstdm.de 

Bauhaus in 2019 is going to be celebrated throughout the world with a large number of exhibitions and projects. The Design Museum in Munich is also taking up the theme and at the same time emphasises its own historical ties, directly after the founding of the museum in 1925. “Reflex Bauhaus. 40 Objects – 5 Conversations” not only presents a large number of original objects from the collection’s inventory, including textiles, furniture, lighting, and ceramics, but also places them in context with contemporary works. Five artists, namely the designer Ayzit Bostan, the poet Barbara Köhler, the architect Anupama Kundoo, the composer Junya Oikawa, and the artist Sofie Thorsen have been invited to develop a stance in dialogue with one of the exhibits. The aim is to “enable viewers to not only identify the historical origins of these objects, but also to reflect on them today”.

more

Photographics: Klein, Ifert, Zamecznik

Museum für Gestaltung Toni-Areal, Zurich / CH
– 09.02.2020
museum-gestaltung.ch  

The exhibition “Photographics: Klein, Ifert, Zamecznik” showcases the intensive interweaving of graphic design and abstract photography and its development in the 1950s and 1960s.

more

Mary Quant

Victoria & Albert Museum , London / GB
– 16.02.2020
vam.ac.uk 

As the creator of the mini skirt, Mary Quant has written herself into the fashion history books of the 20th century, in February 2019 the designer celebrated her 85th birthday. Now the V&A is dedicating an exhibition to her that focuses on the period between 1955 and 1975, the years in which she made her greatest impact. Quant, from her boutique Bazaar, stamped her mark on the fashion of an entire generation and the look of Swinging London with
the mini skirt worn with colourful tights, PVC raincoats and tailored trousers.The museum not only draws on its own resources, the largest public collection of Quant’s pieces, but also launched a nationwide appeal for privately owned clothing. As a result, 35 items have been accepted into the exhibition, and are shown alongside the personal stories and photos of women in their favourite clothes.

 

more

Knowledge in Pictures – Information Design Today

Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, Toni-Areal / DE
– 16.02.2020
museum-gestaltung.ch 

With Kung Fu, design and robot lizards on the cover of Nature – the Museum für Gestaltung Zurich makes a number of links in its exhibition entitled “Knowledge in Pictures”, which reveals many aspects of current information design. Sarah Kenderdine and Jeffrey Shaw use motion capturing to explore the kung fu tradition of Chinese Hakka culture and make it tangible in an interactive installation. Researchers from HU Berlin have digitised the fossils of a primeval lizard to reproduce its gait on a 3D-printed robot. The requirement in information design is to convey complex facts as clearly as possible, whether it involves the route plan for a circular railway project through the Parisian suburbs (designed as a perfect circle by Integral Ruedi Baur contrary to all geographical conditions), or visually communicating the consequences of climate change for the glaciers by means of virtual reality. Since the objectivity of such design holds an equally great potential for manipulation, it demands its own ethics. The exhibition on Kai Krause’s work “The True Size of Africa”, in which the designer adjusts the distorted representation of the differences in size of continents on the world map, addresses this point.

more

Step by Step. Schuh.Design im Wandel

Ledermuseum, Offenbach / DE
– 31.05.2020
ledermuseum.de 

As we slip them on every day, often the last thing we do when leaving the house, our shoes inevitably say something about us – whether it’s prosperity we want to communicate, or an erotic look, or coming across as inconspicuous – our shoes can say a lot about us. The exhibition “Step by Step. Schuh.Design im Wandel” at the German Leather Museum in Offenbach is showing over 15,000 objects, 150 of which are pairs of shoes from all over the world. From unusual models such as Siberian children’s shoes made of salmon leather to designer high heels by Jimmy Choo, the exhibition showcases the diversity of footwear.

more

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